Month: April 2024

Call for Mentors to join the Activate Mentoring Programme (deadline: 07 June 2024)

The Graduate School is looking for alumni, staff and PhD students to become mentors as part of the Activate Mentoring Programme.

Activate supports Minority Ethnic PhD students as well as recipients of the President’s Scholarships for students of Black heritage.  From 2024-25, Activate will also support disabled PhD students and recipients of the Master’s Scholarships for disabled students.

Now in its third year, Activate aims to support under-represented groups by improving the student experience, increasing retention, developing a peer community amongst activate mentors/mentees, supporting career development and creating a deeper sense of belonging.

As an Activate mentor, you will:

  • Receive comprehensive training to support you in your role
  • Be able to use evidence from your mentoring experience towards Associate/Fellowship of Advance HE
  • Expand your professional and cultural perspective and professional networks
  • Receive recognition for your involvement in a programme of strategic importance to Imperial
  • Be able to share your experiences with other mentors and mentees through group cohort activities
  • Join part of a community of mentors and mentees who will be part of the programme
  • PhD students who become mentors will be paid the GTA higher rate of pay for their time.

Applications from staff, alumni and PhD students who can offer experience, insight and guidance to support the aims of Activate are most welcome.

Find out more about becoming an Activate mentor and download the application form.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 5pm Friday 7 June 2024.

If you have any queries about Activate, please contact Laura Lane (

Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) Screenings

The Dyslexia/SpLD team can support you in identifying any indicators of a specific learning difficulty (SpLD):

  • Dyslexia
  • Characteristics of dyspraxia/developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD)
  • Dyscalculia
  • Characteristics of AD(H)D as an SpLD

To book a screening, please see the website

There is very good availability for both online and in person SpLD screenings throughout May.

SSCP/ Grantham Institute Diversifying the Talent Pipeline Student Opportunity PAID

The SSCP DTP has some funds from NERC to plan a series of engagement activities this summer for school students, with the aim of interesting them in a career in the environmental sciences. We are seeking PhD students who are working on environmental science/climate research who would be interested in paid outreach opportunities for two strands of this project. Students will be paid for their time at the casual worker rate of £19.94/hr, and will also be compensated for any travel, materials or meals.

Please fill out this form to confirm interest:

For any questions, please email Laila Kasuri ( and cc Tori Halling (

Volunteer for Greenhouse Gas Removal stall (15-16 June 2024)

We are recruiting volunteers to help with public engagement at the Great Exhibition Road Festival on 15-16 June 2024. The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a collaboration between cultural and research institutions based in and around Exhibition Road in South Kensington.

The Greenhouse Gas Removal Challenge Team, started by PhD students at the Grantham Institute, have organised a stall at the Festival. Our stall is aimed at raising public awareness of greenhouse gas removal techniques through fun and interactive activities designed for families and children.

We’re seeking volunteers to help us run the activities. No prior experience or expertise is required, just an enthusiasm for science and public engagement!

If you are interested, please complete this form:

Chaplaincy x Move – Stress Less (29 April – 24 June 2024)

Chaplaincy x Move – Stress Less

Move are teaming up with the Chaplaincy team to run some sessions to help you manage stress during the exam season. Sessions will run on Mondays 12:30-13:30 in SALC Room 2.

You don’t need to bring any equipment to these sessions as everything will be provided.

  • Toolkit session 1: Awareness of the breath for overcoming anxiety & Mindful Movement (Monday, 29 April 2024)
  • Toolkit session 2: Body Scan Meditation & Mindful Movement (Monday, 13 May 2024)
  • Toolkit session 3: Loving-kindness meditation & Mindful Movement (Monday, 20 May 2024)
  • Toolkit session 4: Practice of presence & Mindful Movement (Monday, 3 June 2024
  • Zen Yoga for stress reduction (Monday, 10 June 2024)
  • Zen Yoga to balance your energy levels (Monday, 17 June 2024)
  • Zen Yoga for summer (Monday, 24 June 2024)



Volunteer for Grantham’s Climate Friendly Pop Up Kitchen (15-16 June 2024)

Can you help for a couple of hours at Grantham’s Climate Friendly Pop Up Kitchen at the Great Exhibition Road Festival on Sat 15 – Sun 16 June 2024 – opportunity for all staff and students.

Interested in planet-friendly eating? The Grantham Institute is supporting a Challenge Team of DTP students to run a stall with professional chefs who’ll create samples of sustainable meals – and give cooking demos – at this year’s festival following the success of last year’s Climate-Friendly Pop-Up Kitchen.

The food samples will be mainly plant-based. Recipe cards and QR codes for these will be available too. There will also be an interactive quiz about climate-friendly eating, based on a similar activity that proved popular last year – with prizes!

How can you help?

  • Helping to set up the stall and ensure it runs smoothly and helping pack up at the end. There will be a rota with breaks.
  • Engaging visitors and giving out leaflets and recipe cards like these (on recycled paper and/ or as QR codes).
  • Offering visitors food samples and chatting to them about possible tweaks they might consider making to the meals they cook/ eat.
  • Supporting the quiz for all ages likely to focus on which food items are “low climate-footprint” and which are “high/higher climate-footprint”.

Time slots

We are keen to have volunteers sign up to a 2-hour slot – which promises to be a great experience in science communication. During that time you will need to be at the activity at the Festival site at South Kensington in the Sir Alexander Fleming building. We will in advance listen to all your ideas and offer clear instructions, a pre-event briefing and you will be carrying out your duties in teams of two.

  • 10am – 12noon Setting up
  • 12noon – 2pm Chatting to visitors about sustainable food, quiz, giving out samples
  • 2 – 4pm Chatting to visitors about sustainable food, quiz, giving out samples
  • 4 – 6pm Chatting to visitors about sustainable food, quiz, giving out samples
  • 6 – 7pm Tidying up

Feedback from last year was positive from staff and students so we are looking forward to hearing from you!

To sign up please contact Pop-Up Kitchen Team member Jenn Marsh and/or Linsey Wynton Media and Outreach Officer at the Grantham Institute

Generation Delta – Preparing for PGR Study (11 June 2024)


Generation Delta has recently culminated its initial set of advice and guidance workshops, and it is starting training sessions for skill development of undergraduate, PGT students and alumni who identify as Black, Asian and minority ethnic women who might be interested in pursuing doctoral studies. This free training workshop will take place at the University of Plymouth on Tuesday 11th June 2024 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. In addition, we are offering transport reimbursement up to £100 and catering. Unfortunately, we cannot cover accommodation. There are 25 spaces available. Please do not make any travel arrangements until after you receive an email from us offering you a place.

This workshop will offer two interactive training sessions led by expert instructors on:

1.    Funding opportunities available to undertake doctoral study

2.    Writing a research proposal to apply for doctoral study

 Link to register


Making an Impact 2024 (13 May – 14 June)

Running from 13 May – 14 June 2024, this varied programme is highly inclusive, with both online and in-person sessions and content tailored to postgraduate researchers (PGRs) – to early career researchers – to mid-career researchers – and to senior colleagues. Many sessions are also relevant to research technical professionals, clinical research staff and research-related professional services staff.

Participants can use sessions as opportunities to forge sustainable relationships with colleagues from across industry and network with staff from across the University of Liverpool and our external partners, aided by the community delegate database.

View all Open sessions here

All sessions are mapped to the Making an Impact Framework, which utilises the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) perspectives and Innovate UK’s innovation themes. Participants can design their own bespoke programme of engagement to develop their knowledge, skills and attributes in a way that best suits their needs and level of experience.